Another one bites the dust

Cox Media Group Ohio newspapers will be printed at an Indianapolis production facility under an agreement in principle with Gannett Publishing Services. CMGO photo

Cox Media Group announces they will shutter the Dayton Daily News printing plant.

Just a few years ago the plant was the newest one in the USA and was/is a technological marvel. They had even given tours of the plant by dedicated docents.

What a shame.




HS Newspaper scores Mattis scoop


When’s the last time you read an interview with US Defense Secretary James Mattis?

*** crickets ***

The Mercer Island High School newspaper, The Islander, called his private cell phone after the number was inadvertently published by the Washington Post and left a message.

And, surprise, Mattis called back!

Read the back story of the interview here.

Kudos to the reporter for calling and then landing the interview.

Great design in the Potterverse

Visitors at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. CREDIT: Valerie Macon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images via The New York Times

Best fake newspaper that I’ve seen today. Kudos to the creatives at Universal Studios on the design of the Daily Prophet, the newspaper of record in the Potterverse. To me it looks very Mirror-ish or Nail Mail-ish from the ’50s or ’60s. At least this is what I think they would have looked like.

The photo accompanied a New York Times opinion piece. You can read it here.

News Worth Knowing

The media group that I work for is rolling out a “Worth Knowing” campaign with this ad in their newspaper markets (Atlanta, Ga.; Dayton, Ohio; Austin, Texas; and West Palm Beach, Fla.)

Notice the use of “Real”? Subtle way to say we’re not fake news.

The “Worth Knowing” campaign will appear in print ads, commercials, email and social media campaigns. The label will also appear on packaging and even bills.

UPDATE: On the INMA (International News Media Association) site, by Amy Chown, Brand Marketing Lead, Vice President of Marketing at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The strategy focuses on the strength and value of local journalism.


Read all about it here.

And our readership survey says …

… that most people still prefer newspapers. No surprise from a poll by the National Newspaper Association. I suspect this handy artistic is something that the ad sales staff can carry around to bolster their calls.

However, look at the revenues generated by newspapers versus the others and you’ll see a different story, and that’s the entire problem with newspapers.

Let’s do a quick Google. And we find this:

Full disclosure: I’ve won several journalism awards from the National Newspaper Association. No hard feels.

The New York Times is officially b**-s*** crazy!


I somehow missed this story at the end of May, but WHAT THE WHAT!!!

A snip from The Washington Post blog:

Our goal is to significantly shift the balance of editors to reporters at The Times, giving us more on-the-ground journalists developing original work than ever before.

As a former copy editor I can attest, and I’m sure that most other former and the few remaining copy editors will agree — most reporters can’t write. They can report, but they  don’t know jack about grammar and the rules of writing. They don’t know the difference between there and their, pane and pain, etc… and don’t me started with its and it’s.

This is not going to end well. If I was a copy editor at The NYT, I’d be applying for a job on the corrections desk. I have a feeling it’s going to become very busy.